DOW-MIT ACCESS Program 2017

Dear Faculty & Administrators,

We are writing to ask for your help in spreading the word about an exciting program hosted by the Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. The DOW-MIT ACCESS Program is a weekend-long symposium aimed to expose underrepresented minority students to the benefits of a graduate education in the aforementioned research areas. This 9th annual event, taking place on MIT’s campus October 20th and October 21st, is an interactive and informative symposium that has proven to have a lasting impact on its past participants.

Over half of our ACCESS alumni are now enrolled in graduate programs across the country. We hope you will encourage your students to apply to this program as we continue to work toward increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science. Please forward the attached announcement to your colleagues and students.  

We would also like your help to identify potential symposium participants by sending us the names and contact information of any exceptional undergraduate students studying science and engineering who would benefit from learning about graduate school opportunities. Please send your nominations to by Friday, June 30, 2017.  We will then contact these students and let them know you have nominated them to apply for this program. 

Applications for the ACCESS Fall 2017 session are due July 31, 2017. All travel expenses, meals and hotel accommodations for students selected to participate in the ACCESS program will be paid by us. Participation neither obligates the student to apply for graduate study nor guarantees future consideration for study at MIT. ACCESS was made possible through the generous support of Dow Chemical Corporation. For more information visit or email

Best regards,

Paula T. Hammond
Department Head and David H. Koch Professor 
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

Timothy F. Jamison
Department Head and Robert R. Taylor Professor
MIT Department of Chemistry

Christopher Schuh
Department Head and Danae and Vasilis Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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